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#ForShameOscar – Academy Awards’ “In Memoriam” Segment Leaves Out Trans Actress Alexis Arquette

#ForShameOscar - Academy Awards’ "In Memoriam" Segment Leaves Out Trans Actress Alexis Arquette

It seems that the Moonlight mix-up wasn’t the only major mistake at last nights Academy Awards.

In last nights “In Memoriam” segment producers of the Awards left out transgender actress Alexis Arquette who passed away of complications from HIV last September. Arquette had over 70 acting credits to her name—including The Wedding Singer, Pulp Fiction, Of Mice and Men, and Last Exit to Brooklyn—Alexis Arquette had, according to her sister, “a great career as a male, and came out as a trans woman and lived her life in her truth.

Patricia Arquette spoke with ABC News:

“I was really pissed off the academy left out my sister Alexis in the memoriam, because Alexis had a great body of work, but Alexis was one of very few trans artists that worked in the business,” she told ABC News.

“At a time when we have trans kids that can’t even go to the bathroom at school, you would think the academy would have a little bit more respect for a group of people that are murdered, and trans women of color are most likely to live in extreme poverty, making $800 a month, so I think the Oscars have a lot of learning to do.”

Here’s to you Alexis.  We remember.

 

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